Jun 11, 2014

The Loch Ness monster is the ultimate in cryptozoological creatures but we have a few in Australia as well...

There is of course the bunyip who, in the Grampians at least, can be sharing his waterhole with the mindi, a large snake with a black mane.

We have many sightings of big cats – panthers or pumas. The most well-recorded is the Tantanoola tiger, called after the small town of Tantanoola in South Australia where it was first sighted. It was thought to be a Russian wolf and is now on view, stuffed, in the pub at Tantanoola. But even after this animal was captured the sheep continued to be killed. An enterprising sheep rustler started taking sheep and blaming it on the tiger, but the locals refused to believe that one tiger could take 4,000 sheep over a 20 year period and the rustler was eventually caught. There are still reports of the tiger – paw prints in the mud, etc.

Then there are the jokes. The drop bear is a creature to frighten the tourists. Never pitch camp underneath a gum tree because the drop bear will suddenly plummet from the tree and attack you.

The hoop snake is so ferocious that if it feels that you are getting away, it forms itself into a circle, tail in mouth, so that it can roll after you at increased speed. It is extremely venomous.

The min-min lights flicker around the town of Boulia in far-west Queensland. And of course the yowie roams southern NSW.

That’s it for now I think. Not enough to make a scary movie yet.

Do you know of any others?

(Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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